Durian Fruit

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Durian Fruit Riau Reviews

cicie cicie
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Durian, the king of fruit Nov 25, 2013
As an Indonesian, I wonder how many people have ever seen, smelled or tasted a durian fruit? Anyone who has visited South Asia can tell you that the smell of the Durian fruit is very strong.

Durian fruit is very controversial, many people love Durian , but many others are disgusted by the smell of Durian. A Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain , an admitted fan of the fruit, once described it in less-than-inspiring terms when he said “Its taste can only be described as… indescribable, something you will either love or despise… Your breath will smell as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”

The durian is the name of the tropical plant originating from the region of Southeast Asia , as well as the name of the fruit. The fruit skin is hard and sharp and grooved to resemble thorns . Durians shape ranges from oblong to round, quite heavy, the color of its husk green to brown, and covered with spikes. The outer flesh is thick , tough, and difficult to open. Inside are pockets of flesh with the consistency of custard, with a hard seed in the center of each pocket.

The durian has a unique fruit that surprises. Just one bite and you hunger for more. Each powerful taste is followed by an even more powerful taste. You do not think about stopping. After eating you have an after tasted that won’t let go. You will have a strong tendency to burp. And with the burping, you get the taste all over again. Addictive actually.

Durian can eat fresh, or used to make various types of desserts. If the smell throws you back start with durian pancake, durian juice, durian ice cream, durian candies etc., where it is mixed with other substances and the odor is not as pungent.

To open the durian fruit one looks for “seams” in the shell created where the thorns grow in toward each other; these mark how the fruit is sectioned inside. Use a sharp knife to dig into the durian along the seams. The pods coming out are the edible part. Its flesh pale soft, yellowish , depending on the species of durian .

Durian’s larger-than-life persona can be intimidating. No other fruit has been described with so many hyperbolic similes. Long before stricter security measures on in-flight luggage and suspicious packages in hotel lobbies were introduced same like as terror threats. The Durian had already got its pungent self banned in both places. When travelling in South East Asia , it's always humorous to see a 'No Durian' sign posted beside the 'No Smoking' signs. Actually durian is not scary fruit . Its smell does not kill people. It’s just a fruit with a strong smell and unique taste.

Anyway don’t be afraid to taste the durian. You are not kissing your dead grandmother.. The taste and smell of durian make you never ever forget this fruit :D
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mdalamers says:
Hi Cicie. Yes I have tried it once. In Thailand. But unfortunately at that time it was off season so I had a half ripened one. The smell was do-able but the taste was also rather tame. I'll definitively will try it again IN season.
Can you tell me what is in this picture:
Posted on: Feb 11, 2014
WalterC says:
After reading this review, I actually tried to look for places in my home city, where they sell it, just to try it. But from the sounds of it, it may be better that I start with the ice cream version of it, as I am a very picky and stubborn eater.
Posted on: Dec 04, 2013
spocklogic says:
While I enjoy Anthony Bourdain, and entertaining as he is, I am not sure his descriptions are always palatable. He also described once that riding an elephant feels like riding a giant scrotum. Now how would he know that?
Posted on: Dec 03, 2013
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